A fitting final act to this terrible miscarriage of justice by a dem district attorney ( nifong was disbarred).
Now the woman who made the false accusations, Crystal Mangum (whose name was kept from the public while the lacrosse players were publicly identified and pilloried on campus and in the press), has been convicted of child abuse, injury of personal property, and resisting arrest in Durham, NC.
The sad fact is that hoaxes regarding crimes against politically correct victims are quite common. The prevailing media and political climate provides too many incentives for hoaxers. Megan Fox has a compilation of the top ten such hoaxes pushed by a compliant media this morning on the NewsReal Blog. I believe that the penalties for such hoaxes ought to ewqual the penalty for the crime being hoaxed -- in other words, serious prison time in the case of a phony rape accusation. These are serious crimes that victimize innocents, often with a race or gender bias intent.